In 2013 the Faustina Novice Select hockey team and parents hosted a laser tag fundraising event in support of SickKids. Little did we know that it would continue and grow into what is now our “Giving Back Hope” fundraising initiative, now in its fifth year and raising over $22,000 for charity.
Faustina is a local, community based hockey organization located at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence on Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke. As a team we feel it is important to support one another on and off the ice and give back to our community. Two members of our team suffer from chronic diseases and been fortunate to receive on going care at SickKids. Their perseverance and determination while living with Juvenile Idiopathic Systemic Arthritis and Type 1, Juvenile Diabetes has been an inspiration to both players and parents. In addition to supporting SickKids, a portion of the fundraising proceeds have been donated to Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, a non-profit service dog organization which has provided a service dog for one of the children on our team.
With the support of the Faustina Sports Club, “Giving Back Hope” holds two annual fundraising events during the year. The First is Faustina Day at the Toronto Marlies. Discounted tickets are available for purchase with a portion of ticket sales going towards our fundraising initiative. The second event is the Bar Down by the Lake Ball Hockey Tournament. The tournament is held the first Saturday after the long weekend in May at Sir Adam Beck Park located at Brown’s Line and Horner Ave. in Etobicoke. This is the main event with a great day of fun competition for ages 5 and up. There is something for everyone with a visit from a Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni, Toronto Fire Services, BBQ and other fun activities.
The need is enormous. Every year, more than 100,000 children come to SickKids for life-saving care and the number continues to grow. Thanks in large part to donations SickKids is already one of the world’s leading health-care institutions. With continued support, they can continue to push the frontiers of what is possible in care, research and learning. Every dollar counts. Every supporter makes a difference for kids.